Category Archives: data

“The dog did nothing in the night-time. That was the curious incident” Sherlock Holmes

Q: What is data?

A: Data is everything.

That was the conclusion myself and a room full of Data Scientists came up with. Here was one exchange: Continue reading “The dog did nothing in the night-time. That was the curious incident” Sherlock Holmes

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What I talk about when I talk about data

LONDON, ENGLAND, 1-Aug 1996. A young man tried to get a job in a factory today. Human Resources took one look at his nascent skill set and pointed him towards the sales floor. Had anyone from the department been available for comment they would have said something like: “we need someone to work The Computer.”

That’s how I got my first job in data. Continue reading What I talk about when I talk about data

The glory years of Excel (and how to recreate them)

This is a blog post for those who want to “wow” people with computers.

London was a good place to be in the summer of 1995.  The weather was hot, for ages, a specific kind of heat faceted by not only temperature but music, too.  The heatwave actually sounded like Blur, Oasis and, erm, The Boo Radley’s.  Cool Britannia was not only where we lived but how we lived it. Continue reading The glory years of Excel (and how to recreate them)

(What’s the story) macro glory

This is a blog for Excel-loving, technical historians who secretly wish it was 1995 – and almost no-one else. Continue reading (What’s the story) macro glory

Excel: where agile goes to die

To the casual onlooker all I have done is help with a formula in Excel.  In-house things are different.  We know: this is life changing.  Spreadsheets are faster.  Reports are smarter.  Truth is nearer.

This is part of who I am: the Excel Guru. Every office has one because every office needs one. This is inevitable.  Continue reading Excel: where agile goes to die